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Ants

Ants

[307 words] In the fable of the ant and the grasshopper, the ant is portrayed as wise because he prepares for winter while the grasshopper lacks the common sense to acknowledge its approach and thus suffers and dies. God seemingly did infuse the ant with an instinct...

Love Those Long Sermons

Love Those Long Sermons

[290 words] The youth minister and I were discussing sermons, specifically how long they should be. We were both curious at how two different preachers could preach a lesson of the same quality for the same amount of time but one would be well received and the other...

God is Still Love

God is Still Love

[108 words] A man traveling through the country noticed that the weather vane on the roof of a farm building bore the phrase, "God Is Love." He was troubled about it and asked the farmer, "Do you think God's love is as changeable as that weather vane?" "You miss the...

Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

[327 words] We all know the story of Cain and Abel. From childhood, we learned the awful story of how Cain out of anger and jealousy killed his own brother. Cain was the world's first murderer. He is one of most infamous villains in the history of the world. Yet there...

He Loved Us

He Loved Us

[197 words] I knew a man in Africa who was a farmer during the Bush War in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. Terrorists often attacked farmers in those days and as he looked out the window one day, he saw a group of armed communist terrorists approaching the farmhouse. He quickly...

My Wife

My Wife

[141 words] My wife, sweet wife, my angel fair,My daily source of joy and power;Through day and night you're always there,In both the bleak and cheerful hour.Through the years, and times of gladness,We've walked together, arm in arm;In the times of tears and...

This Man Receives Sinners

This Man Receives Sinners

[177 words] "Now the tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him. Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, 'This man receives sinners and eats with them'" (Lk 15:1-2). A.T. Robertson comments that there was a yawning chasm...

A Cost Analysis of Love

A Cost Analysis of Love

[386 words] God is love (1 John 4:8). In my opinion the best place to start an attempt to grasp something that is unfathomable is beginning with something we do understand: family. When our children were born, what joy they brought in our lives and oh, so many...

Brotherly Love

Brotherly Love

[196 words] There once was a ladWho often got madAt his brother while they were at play.He would fuss and fightWith all of his mightAnd, oh, the ugly things he would say! You never could tellFrom the way he'd yellIf he had any love in his heart.He never gave...

How to Love Someone You Can’t Stand

How to Love Someone You Can’t Stand

[178 words] Jesus called for His disciple to "Love one another as I have loved you." This call is still in effect today. The question that immediately comes to mind is, "Does this apply to people who seem to be unlovable?” What about obnoxious, crude, blasphemous or...

Woman, Behold Your Son

Woman, Behold Your Son

[371 words] It was a Jewish custom for a mother to weave a tunic (long shirt) for her son before he left for adulthood. He wore this as one of five articles of clothing; shoes, head wrapping, girdle, tunic and robe. As Jesus hung on the cross, He saw the four soldiers...

An ‘Ah Ha!’ Moment

An ‘Ah Ha!’ Moment

[174 words] A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present "Seven Wonders of the World." Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes: 1. Egypt's Great Pyramids; 2. Taj Mahal; 3. Grand Canyon; 4. Panama Canal;...

Don’t Save it for the Funeral

Don’t Save it for the Funeral

[315 words] An elderly man lay dying in his bed. In death’s agony, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookies wafting up the stairs. He gathered his remaining strength and lifted himself from the bed. Leaning against the wall, he slowly made...

The Steadfast Love of the Lord

The Steadfast Love of the Lord

[391 words] We all have times where the circumstances of our lives seem overwhelming. It is just the nature of life among sinners upon a cursed earth. If you have some trouble believing it to be true, then you should know that though Jesus lived in absolute moral...

Now That’s Love!

Now That’s Love!

  [93 words] Recently in Japan, a man and his nine-year-old daughter were caught in a terrible blizzard. Their car disabled, they began to walk to where they were going. As the storm intensified, the father wrapped his coat around his daughter and hunched over...

Love

Love

  [258 words] It was said about Jesus, “having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them until the end” (John 13:1). People talk about falling in love and falling out of love. Children tell each other, “you are not my best friend any more.” But when you...

Why Love?

Why Love?

  [369 words] “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13). Have you ever wondered why it is that love is the greatest? I mean, faith and hope are two powerful elements of our Christian lives. Without faith, it...

Reflections From Walking In A Cemetery

Reflections From Walking In A Cemetery

  [422 words] I’m not sure how you feel about cemeteries, but I actually do my best thinking and reflecting anytime I find myself in a cemetery. Why? My priorities are quickly put in order, I realize we all have a limited number of sunsets, and I see firsthand...

It Makes the World Go ‘Round

It Makes the World Go ‘Round

  [301 words] We’re told that love is “what makes the world go ‘round.” An old song suggests, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love.” And the Bible has been promoting the same message for centuries now: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself . . . let...

Do You Love Jesus?

Do You Love Jesus?

  [140 words] Love is essential for one to be a Christian. So if we are to be a “good” (faithful) Christian then we must love Jesus. Jesus said that loving God with all our hearts is more important than any other commandment (Matthew 22:37-38). Yes, it’s even...

I Know What Love Is…

I Know What Love Is…

[371 words] You may have seen the recent commercial by the Ad Council that tells us love has no limits. It shows people behind an x-ray screen embracing only showing their skeletal outlines. The people emerge from the behind to reveal they are a same sex couple, to a...

Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love

[230 words] "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!" (1 John 3:1). God's love for His children stands unmatched by anything this world has to offer. Only the love of God can: Calm the restlessness of your soul....

Test Your Love

Test Your Love

[198 words] The Savior taught us to "love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind" (Matthew 22:37). Simply put, We are to love God completely and with an undivided heart. Test yourself and see how you measure up. We wish to be...

Unappreciated Love

Unappreciated Love

[223 words] Doing the right thing is hard Harder than it seems it should be. I always think the right will bring me reward. And my good deeds the world will see. But most of the time it goes forgotten, No one notices my noble cares. The satisfaction I hope to receive...

How to Respond

How to Respond

[525 words] How do we respond to others when they mistreat us? With love and understanding so that we can, hopefully, share the "Good News" with them? Or do we respond with whatever the law will allow? Of course if we choose the second one, we may never have the...

A Cost Analysis of Love

Love

A story is told of a young sailor who called his parents from San Diego after the Vietnam Conflict. He said he was bringing his buddy home with him to stay. “You see, mom” he said, “my buddy is pretty badly broken up. He was severely wounded and has only one leg, one...

Do You Love Me? Feed My Sheep

Do You Love Me? Feed My Sheep

“The third time he said to him, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was hurt because asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ He said, ‘Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep.’” John 21:17. Peter knew how his sin of...

‘A Time to Embrace’

‘A Time to Embrace’

I had not heard of the "hug lady” until this past Saturday, January 2, 2016. Because of the political nature of most stories, I usually avoid the national news shows as much as possible. However, that day I happened to be watching the last segment. The news was that...

The Colors of Love

The Colors of Love

[142 words] Purple was the robe, the beaten Jesus wore (Matt. 27:28) Brown, the thorny crown which in much pain He bore (Matt. 27:19) White, the sinlessness from which He didn’t shrink (Heb. 4:15) Yellow, the bitter gall that He’d refuse to drink (Matt. 27:34) Green,...

How We Are to Love Others

How We Are to Love Others

[328 words] We can see division and dislike for others in our society. The challenge to love others may exist in our community, workplace, or family for one reason or another. Scripture accurately and carefully guides us when it comes to how we are to love others. How...

Love One Another

Love One Another

[114 words] “All men will know you are my disciples if you love one another” (John 13:35). It’s so simple most of us miss it. Love. It is the first and second greatest com-mandments. Love God above all others. Love others as we love ourselves. Pow! It’s the formula...

Do You Love Jesus?

The Greatest and Foremost

  [168 words] When a lawyer asked Jesus which was the greatest commandment in the law, Jesus answered: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and foremost commandment." The...

If God is Love

If God is Love

[100 words] What Word of love to rule the heart And change my selfish attitude! Let blessed Scripture do its part, With grace my table's daily food. A bruised reed he will not break, This humble, lowly servant Lord; Though all the hills with justice shake, The...

God is Still Love

The Study of Love

[203 words] In 1997 Western Christian Foundation published a book by Nelson M. Smith, entitled Agape Study Manual. Brother Smith identified all the places the word love and its related terms appeared in the KJV Bible. Then he wrote comments on every single verse where...

His Face Showed the Strain

His Face Showed the Strain

Before Nehemiah traveled to Palestine to assist in rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, he served as the “cupbearer” to the Persian king. One morning the king noticed an unusual sadness in his servants face, so he asked, “Why is your face sad though you are not sick?...

God Cares

When all the world seems to forsake you, And there's chaos in all your affairs; When you're blue, disappointed and lonely, Of one thing be certain... God Cares! When your plans and your dreams come to nothing, And your troubles show up in pairs, That's the time to use...

Do You Love Me? Feed My Sheep!

“The third time he said to him, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’  Peter was hurt because asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’  He said, ‘Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.’  Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep.’” John 21:17.  Peter knew how his...

Love

A story is told of a young sailor who called his parents from San Diego after the Vietnam Conflict. He said he was bringing his buddy home with him to stay. “You see, mom” he said, “my buddy is pretty badly broken up. He was severely wounded and has only one leg, one...

Do You Know About The First Valentine?

  [297 words] This month we will celebrate the holiday referred to as Valentine’s Day. It is a time when we show others that we care for them. Small gifts of cards, candy, and flowers are part of the tradition. But it might surprise you to find out that this...

How Do You Spell Love?

A class of little children was learning to spell. They spelled a number of words such as cat, dog and cow. After each word they were asked to imitate the sound that the animal makes. When Mary was asked to spell love, she didn’t stop to spell the word but ran and...

Echoes of Love

[120 words] The other day a boy refused to obey his mother. Angrily he ran to a ravine and cried, “I hate you!” Suddenly the words came echoing back, “I hate you!” Frightened, the boy ran to his mother and said, “There’s a bad man in the woods. I heard him say, “I...

God is STILL Love

A man traveling through the country noticed that the weather vane on the roof of a farm building bore the phrase, "God Is Love." He was troubled about it and asked the farmer, "Do you think God's love is as changeable as that weather vane?" "You miss the point, sir,"...

Quote on Love and Obedience

"Love compels humble obedience to God, and service to fellowman. Without love, our good works are empty and vain. Let love be the greatest motivation in your Christian life!" Darwin Hunter Shreveport, LA